With dozens of devices out on the market today and more coming out each week it’s easy to get lost in the world of 4G smartphones. Still, for those looking for unparallel connectivity and access to the internet no matter where they are there is no better option than a high-powered 4G device – especially one sporting the latest Android operating system to allow user customization and development beyond that of any of the other leading firmware providers. Finding the right phone for you can be difficult though as market trends and needs can shift regularly.
Cutting through all of the hype out there about many of the 4G smartphones we’ve looked at thousands of user reviews and have brought you the cram of the crop for 4G Android smartphones available around the world. The next time you’re out shopping for your next phone consider one of the following to help fill your exact need :-
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100
Powerful, sleek and highly functional, the Galaxy Note 2 N7100 runs Android’s latest firmware (Jelly Bean 4.1.2) and is powerful enough to even function as a small personal computer with the ability to hook up a keyboard and mouse with the right applications. The only real downside of this phone is it can be somewhat difficult for some people to handle given its size, so a hands free device is highly recommended if you’re planning on adding this major powerhouse to your arsenal (especially if you have smaller hands). If you’re looking for similar power in a slightly smaller package, though, perhaps the next phone can offer similar options without needing to stretch your fingers to the limit in the process.
Some of the highlights of the Galaxy Note 2 include a massive 5.5 inch screen making it great for any media, a stylus to help with small work, a quad-core processor for powering all applications, the ability to sport Android’s latest firmware, a great camera and a superb battery life. All of this for anywhere between $139.99 and $669.99 depends on where and how you are looking to pick it up (with prices varying depending upon provider).
Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300
Like the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3 sports many of the same powerful functions in a more compact case to allow greater portability for those seeking a smaller device. While it may not offer a stylus and some of the other fun features of the Note 2, the Galaxy S3 can still provide you with a wide variety of applications and functionality that you simply cannot find in most other devices. This can be particularly important for those looking to make full use of a mobile device for both work and pleasure while on the road, so long as you are able to fork out enough to get your hands on what will essentially be a small computer in your pocket.
A few of the most remarkable aspects of the Samsung Galaxy S3 are its a decent performing 8MP camera, powerful dual-core processor and great standard software enhancement to help speed up many of your most used applications. Given it’s available for anywhere between $139.99 and $199.99 make it an excellent buy for most shoppers out there looking to add some power to their phone and data plans.
HTC One X
The top contender on the market behind the Galaxy S3, HTC’s One X offers a number of similar features to Samsung’s frontrunners but has a few small differences that drop it just below Samsung in ratings. Namely, the One X has a slightly smaller battery for a shorter battery life, does not allow anyone access to change the battery and has no expandable storage slot for an SD card (much like iPhones). This means that should you have any problems with your power you’ll need to send it back to the manufacturer for maintenance and are stuck with the internal storage only for your needs. Still, with 16GB of internal memory, a quad core processor, crisp and clear 4.7 inch screen and good 8MP camera most people won’t mind these minor inconveniences.
For those of you interested in the One X some of its high points include a powerful quad-core processor, decent internal memory, a strong firmware and a great camera all for anywhere from $199.99 with a provider plan to $680 unlocked from some suppliers make this little powerhouse a great addition to any mobile arsenal.
HTC Droid DNA
Cheap, powerful and with a strong battery life, HTC’s Droid DNA looks to provide a large portable device solution similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2. Unfortunately for HTC the inability to change out your battery or expand your storage (like their One X device) coupled with good – but not amazing – hardware drops this phone down to the #4 slot. Still, with an impressive 5 inch screen along with a stunning design and some of HTC’s signature software to aid with usability this phone is not only impressive to behold but will keep users happy for a very long time.
Those looking to get their hands on a Droid DNA will be happy with its powerful and zippy quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware base, 5 inch screen, great battery life and great camera for anywhere between $149.99 and $199.99 with a provider agreement.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
Like most of the big 4G devices on the market today Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx HD has a large and impressive crystal clear display coupled with great call quality and some of the best battery performance on the market. What really brings down this phone out of contention for the top slots, though, is its sub-par camera functionality, generating less-than-amazing pictures even with firmware updates. The fact that it is offered by Verizon in the US and comes packed with a lot of useless (and troublesome) company software doesn’t help its case. Regardless, users of the Razr Maxx HD will be more than happy with the quality of the phone they receive verses many of the others out there – especially if they need it on long trips where recharging may not necessarily be an option most days.
Some of the aspects of the Droic Razr Maxx HD that help it contend on the market are its sleep style, fast performance, large and user-friendly screen, spacious internal storage and battery life that is second to none on the market. Packaged with most provider plans for anywhere from $199.99 to $299.99, this little device is sure to be one to please.